STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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esophageal and stomach cancers.


5. Tea

It contains flavonoids, which are known for their antioxidant effects. Kaempferol, a particular flavonoid, has shown protective effects against cancer. Margaret Gates, a doctoral candidate at Harvard’s School of Public Health, suggests consuming between 10 to 12 milligrams of kaempferol daily (the amount found in four cups of tea) offers protection against ovarian cancer. A separate study showed a link between consuming flavonoids and reducing the risk of breast cancer, though it had no effect on breast cancer risk among premenopausal women. Both black and green tea contain catechins, though you get more antioxidants from green tea.

According to Richard Béliveau, Ph.D. at the University of Québec in Montreal and author of Foods to Fight Cancer, “All the studies on cancer and nutrition point to eating plant-based foods for their phytonutrients and other special compounds.” Here are five “superfoods” that are touted as having the ability to fight cancer.


1. Broccoli

Along with other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale and cauliflower, broccoli contains special plant compounds that may have cancer-fighting properties. But broccoli has the maximum amount of sulforaphane, which boosts the body’s protective enzymes and removes cancer- causing chemicals, according to Jed Fahey, ScD. It helps fight cancers of the breast, lung, liver, skin, stomach, prostate and bladder. According to research, the more the broccoli, the better, so add it wherever you can – in your salads, omelets and even on your pizzas!


2. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the best dietary source of lycopene, a carotenoid that gives them their red hue. According to a study in Nutrition and Cancer, lycopene was found to stop endometrial cancer cell growth. Other studies show lycopene has the potential to fight prostate cancer. Tomatoes also help fight cancers of the stomach and lung. The maximum benefit comes from cooking tomatoes because the heating process increases the

5 CANCER-FIGHTING SUPERFOODS

amount of lycopene your body can absorb.


3. Berries

Berries of all kinds are full of cancer-fighting phytonutrients. They also contain antioxidants, which studies show protect the body from cell damage that could lead to cancer of the skin, bladder, lung and breast. Black raspberries in particular contain high levels of phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which slow the growth of premalignant cells and prevent new blood vessels from forming and potentially feeding a cancerous tumor, according to Gary D. Stoner, Ph.D., at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Berries help fight oral cancer as well as cancers of the colon and esophagus. A half-cup serving of berries a day may help your health.


4. Garlic

Phytochemicals in garlic may stop the formation of nitrosamines, which are carcinogens formed in the stomach when you consume nitrates, a common food preservative. According to the Iowa Women’s Health Study, women with the highest amounts of garlic in their diets have a 50% lower risk of certain colon cancers than women who ate the least. Garlic helps fight breast, colon,

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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